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Wailuku in Maui County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus

State Historical Site

 
 
Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
1. Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus Marker
Inscription. A heiau is a Hawaiian religious structure which centralized the ceremonies and rituals of old Hawaii. The construction of a heiau was directed by the highest chiefs or alii and required a great expenditure of organized labor. The ceremonies and offerings at heiau were overseen by priests or kahunas. Halekii translates to “house of images.” It is believed that Halekii heiau was a chiefly complex with images of ki’i placed on the terraces. Kahekili, chief of Maui, lived and worshiped at Haieki’i during religious observances in the 1760s. Pihanakalani translates to “gathering place of high supernatural beings.” Pihanakaiani is recorded as a luakini neiau. Luakini heiaus were dedicated to Ku, the god of war, and were built for success in war. It is not known when Halekii and Pihanakalani heiaus were built. According to tradition, the menehunes built the heiaus one night in the distant past with stones from nearby ‘lao Stream. In 1819, the traditional Hawaiian religion was abolished. At this time the images were taken away, the structures on the heiaus were dismantled and the heiaus were abandoned.
 
Erected by State of Hawaii-Dept of Land and Natural Resources-Division of State Parks.
 
Location. 20° 54.312′ 
State Historical Site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
2. State Historical Site
N, 156° 29.484′ W. Marker is in Wailuku, Hawaii, in Maui County. Marker is on Hea Place. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wailuku HI 96793, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monument of Christian Faith (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kūka‘emoku (approx. 3.9 miles away); Master Navigators (approx. 7.9 miles away); Scandinavian Migration to Hawaii (approx. 9.1 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 14.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Site Sacred to the Hawaiian People image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
3. Site Sacred to the Hawaiian People
Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
4. Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus
Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
5. Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus
Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 8, 2008
6. Haleki'i and Pihanakalani Heiaus
 
 
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